Keep Your Eyes on God
King David put descendants of Levi in change of the musical worship
before the ark in Jerusalem and the tabernacle in Gibeon. Later on it
would also be in the temple. (I Chronicles 6:16, 31-33a, 25:1, 7-8) The
psalm we will focus on (Psalm 73) is one of David’s. Note from I
Chronicles 25:1 that he prophesied through the songs. He was guided by
the Spirit of God. He was God’s spokesman. (I Chronicles 25:3b)
My Eyes Turned Away from God
His eyes were starting to stray from God. This lack of focus was
hurting his walk with God. He was stumbling and slipping.
“When I saw” – He was enticed by what his neighbor had. Tantalus, in
Greek mythology, [king of Lydia and son of Zeus] Tantalus was a favorite
mortal of the gods until he was caught trying to deceive them. The gods
then condemned him to hang forever from a tree in Tartarus, the lowest
region of the underworld. Under the tree was a pool of water, but when
Tantalus stooped to drink, the pool would dry. The branches above him
were laden with fruit, but when he reached up, the wind blew the
branches away. He became the symbol of utter frustration. Today his
name is remembered in the word “tantalize.” Where you stand, determines
what you see. See Psalm 37:1,7, Jeremiah 12:1)
The psalmist describes his temptation to be envious of those with many
earthly possessions because of how much easier their life seemed to be.
They had everything and lacked for nothing. Note his eyes were not in
focus. Many wicked people through time experienced terrible deaths –
Jezebel, Absalom, Herod, Judas. . .
They are proud, arrogant, and boastful. They act like they own the
world. See Psalm 109:18-19. They didn’t care what they said or did
because they did not fear or respect God. They mocked God. (Jude :16)
The wicked don’t believe in God or at least His power. (Job 22:12-14)
Asaph’s vision was still out of focus because he doubted being good was
worth it. Note Elihu’s words in Job 34:9.
My Eyes Turned to God
Enlightenment came in the house of God. Worship puts God at the center
of our vision. It’s only when God is at the center of our focus that we
see things as they really are. Life is about perspective; it is keeping
a clear focus with our eyes turned to God.
A clear focus helps us see the real future of the wicked. (Psalm 35:5-6,
37:38) Their future is filled with terrors.
My Eyes Remain on God
The answer to life’s injustices is not to be expected in this life. The
ignorant couldn’t see clearly.
God is always with us if we just open our eyes. (Psalm 139:7-10) We
need to cling to Him. (Psalm 63:8) Follow His counsel.
Having God, one needs nothing else. (Psalm 16:2)
Regardless of what happens, if I remain close to God, He will be my
rock. (Psalm 18:1-2)
The wicked are far from God. (Psalm 119:155) When the last breath of
life leaves the wicked, their dream existence will come to an end. (II
Thessalonians 1:8-9) This life is the only heaven they will ever know.
Being near to God is always the best! (James 4:7-8, Hebrews 10:22)
It’s so easy for us to turn away our eyes from God. It takes effort to
remain focused on Him and His Word.
December 7, 2014